gcanders1 t1_iubylaf wrote

I don’t know about stress. I’m pretty laid back, but there’s definitely something there that’s wrong. This article is making me reflect a lot about how and why I’m spending sleep hours on something else. So here’s an example: Monday. Get up at 5:30, get ready for work by 6:30, get to work by 7:15 and I’m pretty much done with work by 12:15 and have 2.5 hours left at work before I can leave. I have a pretty unique position at a school that isn’t stressful at all. I used to be a teacher, but now I’m managing a special program and my work is over well before I clock out. I get home by 3:15 and go over homework with one of my kids and then either take the dog for a walk, play video games with the kid, workout, or some days I’m driving my kid and neighbor kids to karate or band practice. Dinner is at 6 and then I work on something in my wood shop, or do some other hobby if I’m not driving kids around. So here comes 9:30. I say good night to my wife and she goes to bed. At 10 I’m either scrolling through streaming services for something to watch, looking at YouTube, or doing something hobby related. I’m definitely not stressed at this point, but I feel like I can or should be able to do something more before I have to go to bed. If I’m lucky, it’s something boring and I’ll get to bed in an hour. If it’s something like a series on tv I want to watch, I’ll rationalize going to bed at midnight or later. It’s dumb and I know it’s a stupid thing I’m doing, yet here I am.


gcanders1 t1_iubtdky wrote

Sounds like a plan, but I’d most likely substitute something else for it. I have a lot of hobbies, and kids to do things with, which is why I don’t watch any tv until 9/9:30. It isn’t the tv that’s making me stay up - I just don’t want to go to bed. I feel like there’s more I can pack into my day if I stay up. Which is dumb, since I fill those last hours with crap.


gcanders1 t1_iuaj3yd wrote

I suffer from this. I should be going to bed at 10pm to get up at 5:30, yet I always want to do something else at 10. I don’t watch any tv during the day or evening, so it’s usually at 9:30 - 10pm that I’ll start watching something on Netflix. Some nights I’ll just scroll through Netflix and Amazon Prime looking for something to watch. If I find nothing and just sample shows, I’ll stay up to 11: - 11:15 If I do find something, I’ll stay up till 12:30 or later. Last month, when putting on boring things that I already watched or just bad shows, had me going to bed much earlier. When I was watching Rings of Power, I’d fall asleep in 20 minutes, but then I ended up waking up so I could go to the bedroom to sleep. My wife goes to bed at 9:30, so I can’t watch tv in bed at that time. It’s weird. I want to go to bed, but I feel like I’m doing “Deal a Meal” with my sleeping hours. Somehow I feel cheated if I go to bed early, yet I’m only watching tv when I’m staying up late. This only started happening in the last 2 years. I used to go to bed at 10 and get up to work out in the morning. Now my sleep schedule is so illogical, I don’t know how to fix it. If I try to go to bed earlier, I don’t fall asleep.